Details on accessibility can be found in the drop-down boxes below. For more help planning your visit, take a look at our short Whitby Abbey film further down this page.
You might also find this simple map of the site helpful, which you can download here.
Please contact the site directly if you have any questions on Whitby.Abbey@english-heritage.org.uk.
Mobility / Older Visitors
Accessible ToiletsAdult Changing AreaHandrailsEasy-use CutleryAssistance Dogs WelcomeWheelchair LoanSite FoldersDog Bowl and ToiletingDog bowl available at the entrance to shop. Bin provided by the entrance from the car park.Wheelchair AccessStep free access from parking to main site. Most of the site is covered in grass, however a smooth pathway covers some areas. Ramps are in place that lead up to and then through the ruins.Entrance / Set DownThose with access needs can be dropped in the turning circle near St Mary’s Church. There is a ramped entrance to the shop/museum close by.Disabled Parking4 accessible parking bays are available in the council car park next to the site and 3 accessible bays near the shop/museum. Please ask a member of the team for directions.OnSite TransportNoStairsRamped access to site from car park entrance and shop/museum. Ramps in various locations within the Abbey grounds to enable access.Lift AccessYesSeating And RestpointsBenches with back support and armrests within the Abbey grounds. Stone benches available in front of the shop.Pathways Surface And GradientsAbbey grounds are on a sloped grass surface with smooth pathway leading from car park. Areas around the shop, museum, and perimeter pathways are stone and pavement.
Blind / Visually Impaired
Accessible ToiletsHandrailsAssistance Dogs WelcomeBraille GuidesBraille SignageTorchesSensory ExperiencesWhitby Abbey is situated at the top of the cliff by the sea. Hear the sounds of waves and sea birds and smell the sea.Dog Bowl and ToiletingDog bowl available at the entrance to shop. Bin provided by the entrance from the car park.Audio ToursYesTactile ModelsTactile exhibits in the visitor centre.Large PrintNo
Deaf / Hard of Hearing
Assistance Dogs WelcomeVibrating Fire AlarmsTour TranscriptsFilm SubtitlesBSL ToursAudio Installation TranscriptsDog Bowl and ToiletingDog bowl available at the entrance to shop. Bin provided by the entrance from the car park.Induction LoopsYes – loops at both entrances and in the shop.
Accessible ToiletsAdult Changing AreaEasy-use CutlerySensory ExperiencesWhitby Abbey is situated at the top of the cliff by the sea. Hear the sounds of waves and sea birds and smell the sea.Basic Language Audio ToursNo information availableEasy Read MaterialYesLarge Print MaterialLarge print sheet with a basic overview on the abbey.Dyslexia Friendly MaterialNo information available
Culinary / Dietary
Easy-use CutleryBottle / Food WarmingHigh ChairsSpecial DietsNo information available
Health And Safety
Deep WaterThere is an open pond that is both obvious and signed.Sheer DropSome drops on site these are signed.Slip HazardGrass and stone areas may be slippery when wet.Steep SlopeAbbey grounds are on a sloped grass surface with smooth pathway leading from car park. Areas around the shop, museum, and perimeter pathways are stone and pavement.Steep StairsPlease note: from the Whitby harbour area, the abbey can only be directly reached on foot via the 199 'abbey steps' (or Caedmon's Trod). Alternatively a well-signposted road leads from the town outskirts to the cliff top abbey.Beware Of TrafficPedestrian and vehicle access mixes at the main entrance.Uneven GroundSome undulation